THE GALAXY NOTE 7 is officially dead. Samsung has ceased production of the smartphone altogether following reports that replacement handsets were also catching fire.
We've rounded up everything you need to know about the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco below.
18/10/16: Rumour has it that Samsung could can the Galaxy Note line altogether as the firm is expected to release just one top-end smartphone, the Galaxy S8, in 2017. This speculation comes as Samsung rolls out an airport exchange programme to allow Galaxy Note 7 owners to swap their phones before a flight, starting in Australia.
17/10/16: An Emergency Restriction/Prohibition Order put out by the FAA on Friday means that it's now a federal crime to fly with the Galaxy Note 7. The order bans passengers carrying the fire-prone smartphone "on their person, in carry-on baggage, in checked baggage or as cargo".
13/10/16: Samsung is reportedly sending Galaxy S7 users messages to reassure them that their smartphone won't explode. This comes as the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) officially issued a second recall of the Galaxy Note 7. The CPSC revealed in a statement announcing the recall that there have been reports of a whopping 23 replacement handsets exploding.
12/10/16: Samsung has admitted that it will suffer its first profit decline in 12 months at the hands of the Galaxy Note 7. The firm has put out revised profit guidance showing that the disaster will result in a 33 per cent lower profit than it had first predicted at ₩5.2tn ($4.6bn).
11/10/16: Samsung has announced that it has permanently ceased production of the Galaxy Note 7. The drastic move came just hours after the company confirmed that it had halted sales of the Galaxy Note 7 and urged customers to stop using the device if they already have one.
7/10/16: Royal Mail is reportedly refusing to ship the Galaxy Note 7 following reports that replacement handsets are prone to catching fire. One report said that six Post Offices have refused to ship the smartphone, and two have refused to carry any Samsung Galaxy-branded devices.
6/10/16: A Southwest Airlines plane was forced to evacuate after a new Note 7 (above) caught fire during boarding. The handset, owned by Brian Green of New Albany, Indiana, reportedly filled the cabin with smoke at around 9.15am. Green said that he had switched off the smartphone as requested and put it in his pocket when it began to emit smoke. Samsung said it is investigating the incident.
4/10/16: The Galaxy Note 7 has made its way onto the streets of Grand Theft Auto where, thanks to a mod, players can use the mobile phone to blow doors off cars. Players can pick up the weapon, dubbed 'Sticky Bomb', by heading into an Ammo Nation store.
28/09/16: A Chinese customer has reported that a Note 7 that he bought this week exploded within 24 hours of the handset arriving, causing minor injuries to two fingers and damaging his Apple MacBook. Samsung has said it's investigating the incident and will carry out a "full investigation" of the device in question.
27/09/16: Samsung has announced that it will start selling the Galaxy Note 7 in the UK again from 28 October. The firm said that 57 per cent of handsets in Europe have been exchanged in the week since the programme launched.
27/09/16: Samsung has confirmed that 60 per cent of original Note 7 devices sold in the US and South Korea have been returned, and that 90 per cent of those who have bothered have chosen to stick with the device. Data for UK returns was not released.
"We are humbled by our customers’ loyalty to the Galaxy Note 7,” said DJ Koh, president of the mobile communications business at Samsung Electronics.
Despite the positive spin from Samsung, the fact that some 40 per cent of owners of Note 7 devices still have them could be a cause of concern, although a battery-limiting software update may reduce the risk.
26/09/16: Users in Korea are complaining that their replacement Galaxy Note 7 device is also overheating. According to moans on social media, new Note 7s are overheating, and losing battery power even when hooked up to the mains. Samsung has confirmed the "isolated" incident and has pushed back the phone's relaunch to 1 October.
19/09/16: Samsung has kicked off its Galaxy Note 7 replacement programme in the UK, and has confirmed that a battery-limiting software update is incoming. Anyone with a Galaxy Note 7 in the UK is urged to return it to Samsung or the vendor from which they bought it to receive a replacement.
19/09/16: A pissed off Galaxy Note 7 users has launched the first lawsuit at Samsung related to the recall. According to reports, a Florida resident is throwing the law at Samsung after his Galaxy Note 7 handset exploded in his trouser pocket and caused severe burns. This comes as the US Federal Aviation Administration warned travellers to keep their Note 7 switched off while flying.
7/09/16: Samsung has announced plans for a Galaxy Note 7 exchange programme in the UK. The firm said that handset exchanges will take priority over sales of new, presumably non-exploding, devices, and that it will start the replacement process from 19 September.
5/09/16: Samsung has admitted that the Note 7 recall will cost a "heartbreaking amount". The firm hasn't mentioned an exact figure, but reports claim that the replacement of around 2.5 million smartphones could cost as much as $1bn (around £750m). µ
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